Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Back to School ???

For a majority families around Canada and the United States, today would be the first day of public school but in our province teachers are still battling for an agreement and have technically been on strike since last May. Not only did the past school year end abruptly but this year's start date is very uncertain. Additional information here and here

Yesterday I heard  political journalist, Keith Baldry, say that he wouldn't be surprised if school didn't start until October. October??

I don't want to get too political on this blog, and there's plenty of information and opinions floating around, but bottom line - it's the kids that are suffering the most. Instead of the beginning of the school year being exciting for kids who get new stationery and new clothes, now they don't know what's happening, or have to wait to use it. They will have to make up for lost time, and it's very likely the school year will run longer next June as well.

And parents are left scrambling to find day care for younger kids as they return to work or regular schedules most likely without any holidays left after this summer (since school had also ended abruptly last June). What a terrible situation to be in - for the students, the teachers and the parents. What a mess!!

Back to School! has now been replaced by Back to School? 


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